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Mistake(?) at "Il y a un fil qui ne sert à rien."

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The right answer was supposedly:

There is a thread that is not useless.

That's one negation to many I guess. Shouldn't it be:

There is a thread that serves for nothing.

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
oskalingo
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There is a thread that serves this question at http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=558464. Well, in relation to 'ne sert à rien'. The example sentence there refers to an action (crying), not an object. And there is a song by Elisa Tovati - Ça ne sert à rien d'aimer - again referring to an abstract thing, love. BTW, I would go for 'thread that serves no purpose' over 'thread that serves for nothing'.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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You're right. That's an error on duolinguo's part and you should report it. In addition to that: I'm not 100% sure whether the expression 'ne servir à rien' is commonly used with concrete objects. Any native speaker around who can shed some light on this?

6 years ago